Shortly after Road Warriorette Shari and I photographed Luther’s Chapel Cemetery in Perry County’s Union Township, we turned into Apple Creek to explore St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery.
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Town originally called Schnurbusch
Apple Creek was originally named after a prominent family in the area, and there is a stone expressing appreciation to W. Joseph Schnurbusch for donating the land for the church.
German Catholic immigrants built the first St. Joseph church in 1828; the log structure was used for 12 years, then was replaced by the “Rock Church.” The present brick building was constructed between 1881-1884.
It’s a peaceful place
The grounds are full of crosses and the usual statuary.
The rules are pretty clear
The Joint Parish Council is pretty clear about what it will and won’t allow in the cemetery.
If you don’t follow the rules, you might be hauled into the Parish Office, where knuckle-rapping might be on the list of punishments meted out. (A convent was added to the church in 1917.)
I was framing a group of crosses
I was trying to frame a photo of the crosses in the background when my eye was drawn to something beside me off to the right.
What’s with the red rope?
A stone marking the final resting place of what I think was a long-dead priest held a wrapping of red rope. When I looked closer, it wasn’t just wrapped around the stone, part of it was going up into the tree.
This didn’t exactly break any rules, but it sure seemed odd.
The rope was looped around a tree branch, and hanging from the end of it, swinging in the breeze, was something that looked like a duck or goose decoy. There was no good way to get a shot of it short of climbing the tree, and y’all don’t pay me enough to exert that much energy.
The stone was old, and the rope had faded enough that it had been there a relatively long time. I’d love to know the story behind this.
We missed the most interesting part
When I got back to talking with my Jackson and Altenburg museum friends, they said we had missed the most beautiful and unusual part of the church grounds. They were right. I’ll publish photos from that area soon.